Learjet Inc. has been awarded an estimated $9.5 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for engineering support services of the U.S. Air Force C‐21 aircraft fleet.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity. This contract provides for engineering support services and technical publication updates for the C-21A program.
Work will be performed in Wichita, Kansas, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2029.
U.S. Air Force C-21A / Learjet 35A
The C-21 is a twin turbofan-engine aircraft used for passenger and cargo airlift. The aircraft is the military version of the Learjet 35A business jet. In addition, the aircraft is capable of transporting one litter or five ambulatory patients for aeromedical evacuation operations.
The C-21 can carry eight passengers and 42 cubic feet (1.26 cubic meters) of cargo. The aircraft has a crew of two and may be flown from either cockpit seat. It is equipped with an automatic navigation system to enhance crew efficiency.
Delivery of the C-21 fleet began in April 1984 and was completed in October 1985.
Beginning in 2018, the C-21 fleet in the United States began consolidation efforts from Peterson AFB, Joint Base Andrews, moving all CONUS-based C-21s to Scott AFB’s 458th Airlift Squadron via the National Defense Authorization Acts of the fiscal year 2018 and fiscal 2019.
These consolidation efforts leave Scott AFB’s 458th Airlift Squadron (AMC) and Ramstein Air Base, Germany’s 76th Airlift Squadron (USAFE) as the remaining force of C-21s. In addition, the first major upgrade in the fleet’s history is a $38 million “Avionics Upgrade Program” to modify all aircraft to a ‘glass cockpit’ configuration and meet 2020 global airspace equipment requirements.